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Tarpon Springs police recover $300,000 from crossbow caper

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3 accused of selling stolen crossbows

Call it the great crossbow caper. Police have arrested three people who are accused in a scam involving $300,000 worth of crossbows and crossbow parts that were stolen from a Tarpon Springs company and resold. Investigators said Tuesday that two of the company's employees — Clifford Bombard, 41, of Largo, and a 17-year-old juvenile — swiped the gear from their employer, Barnett Outdoors, a manufacturer of crossbows and outdoor supplies. They used a storage unit in a Largo industrial complex to manufacture crossbows from the stolen parts, said Tarpon Springs police Capt. Jeff Young. A relative of Bombard — Juanita G. Massingill, 47, of St. Petersburg — then sold the stolen crossbows in Pinellas and Gilchrist counties, police said. Police said management of the company at 955 E. Live Oak St. in Tarpon became aware of the thefts, leading undercover detectives to buy a crossbow from the suspects. Detectives searched a storage unit at Ulmerton Industrial Mart, 9115 130th Ave. N, Largo, and found a large cache of stolen crossbows and equipment. Massingill also had seven other stolen crossbows, police said. All three suspects are charged with dealing in stolen property. Bombard and the 17-year-old are also charged with grand theft.

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Back-to-school event Thursday

The Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center will hold its fifth annual back-to-school fundraiser Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Syd Entel Galleries, 247 Main St. It will feature food, drinks and live music. Tickets are $12, or two for $20, and are available at the door.

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PTEC academy orientation today

Tarpon Springs will host the PTEC North training site for the Public Works Academy at the City's Wastewater Treatment Facility. Sessions will run Monday through Friday from Sept. 6 to Dec. 5. Officials will hold an orientation today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Craig Park, 5 Beekman Way. Trainees will be exposed to a number of different careers in the public works field, such as water, wastewater and pipefitters, water meter repair, water plant operations, wastewater plant operations, parks and ground maintenance, street construction and equipment operations. Successful trainees can join a pool of qualified applicants from which potential employees are selected.

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Tarpon Springs police recover $300,000 from crossbow caper 07/26/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 7:51pm]
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